MOAMA has retained its position at the top of the Bendigo premier division lawn bowls ladder after outlasting Eagehawk by three shots in a battle of two of the competition's big guns on Saturday.
Just like it did in round two when they tied, the clash between first and second again delivered as the Steamers prevailed 72-69 at Eaglehawk.
Both teams won two rinks apiece, with the biggest winning margin across the four contests being the six shots Moama's Barry Brennan beat the Hawks' Darren Burgess by (20-14).
The game featured a battle of two of the competition's top-performing rinks, with the Hawks' Marc Smith edging out Kevin Brennan 19-17.
* Golden Square pulled off a big upset at home as it consigned reigning premier South Bendigo to a third-consecutive loss.
Square won 93-76 and in doing so cost South Bendigo its position in the top four.
The two keys to Golden Square's victory were double-figure wins by the rinks of Travis Berry (+16) and John Berry (+11).
In what was a pivotal victory, it moved Golden Square to within 10 points of the top four as it continues to hunt its first finals berth since 2015-16.
* Bendigo East worked its way back into the top four after defeating Kangaroo Flat by two shots.
A week after becoming the first team to beat Moama, the Roos were unable to back up their performance as they went down 80-78 at home to the Beasties, who won three of the four rinks.
* And Inglewood collected all 18 points from its trip to Castlemaine, winning 91-67.
It was the first time the Woodies had won all four rinks since round three of the 2016-17 season, which was also against Castlemaine.
Golden Square 93 def South Bendigo 76.
Travis Berry 25 def Tom Lester 9, Lachlan Bowland 16 lt Brad Holland 26, John Berry 31 def Luke Hoskin 20, Garri Conforti 21 tied Max Rowley 21.
Inglewood 91 def Castlemaine 67.
Mal McLean 22 def Peter Brain 18, Rob Day 27 def Darren Taylor 13, Grant Jackson 23 def Rod Phillips 19, Lindsay Kelly 19 def Greg Brain 17.
Bendigo East 80 def Kangaroo Flat 78.
Greg Podesta 27 def David Keenan 13, Aaron Tomkins 21 def Barry Anset 18, Josh Moloney 13 lt Cameron Wilson 34, Ian Ross 19 def Cameron Keenan 13.
Moama 72 def Eaglehawk 69.
Kevin Anderson 19 def Brayden Byrne 16, Barry Brennan 20 def Darren Burgess 14, Kevin Brennan 17 lt Marc Smith 19, Brad Campbell 16 lt Dean Carter 20.
Kangaroo Flat 90 def Harcourt 75, Bendigo 85 def Marong 66, Bendigo East 92 def Strathfieldsaye 69, White Hills 85 def Eaglehawk 79.
South Bendigo 89 def North Bendigo 64, Heathcote 94 def Bendigo 56, Bendigo East 89 def Strathfieldsaye 83, Golden Square 80 def Serpentine 56.
South Bendigo 87 def White Hills 82, Castlemaine 87 def Marong 81, Kangaroo Flat 90 def Bendigo East 61, Golden Square 78 def Woodbury 75.
Dingee 83 def Calivil 76, Castlemaine 113 def Marong 71, Kangaroo Flat 97 def Campbells Creek 78, Eaglehawk 90 def Inglewood 68.
South Bendigo 91 def Strathfieldsaye 71, Bridgewater 69 def Bendigo 61, Woodbury 70 def Kangaroo Flat 64, Harcourt 81 def Eaglehawk 78.
South Bendigo def Strathfieldsaye, Kangaroo Flat 76 def Heathcote 58, Bendigo East 66 def White Hills 51, Golden Square 86 def Bendigo VRI 34.
Harcourt 68 def Woodbury 57, Kangaroo Flat 81 def Marong 50, North Bendigo 75 def Golden Square 48.
Campbells Creek 48 def Golden Square 28, Castlemaine 44 def Bendigo VRI 35, White Hills def Bridgewater.
Monday's round nine division one games - Inglewood v Bendigo, Castlemaine v Golden Square, Bendigo East v White Hills, Kangaroo Flat v Eaglehawk.
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